Editor’s note: This story was updated on August 5, 2021.
Everything old is new again, which in recent years has proven to be the case with vinyl. In an ever-more digital world, there’s something comforting that comes with playing your favorite album without having to turn on a screen. As a result, pressed records seem to be hanging on to a permanent share of the market–and it’s thriving in NoVA. These Northern Virginia shops, both new and old, cater to casual collectors and audiophiles alike.
The Westover shop offers a wide selection of used and new vinyl across genres along with some CDs and turntables. 5852 Washington Blvd., Arlington
CD Cellar hosts its giant collection in a space on Park Avenue in Falls Church, with both vinyl, CDs, and DVDs. 105 Park Ave., Falls Church
Crooked Beat has something for everyone, while still feeling like a special discovery. Collectors can find both new and used records here and a section dedicated to local artists. 802 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria
Dig! offers a robust collection of used albums with an emphasis on classic rock along with some rarities. 212-C Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg
A haven for vinyl collectors, particularly George Mason students, Mobius focuses its inventory on new releases but also offers a collection of affordable used records. 10409 Main St., Fairfax
With two locations, one at Manassas Mall and another at Springfield Town Center, Records & Rarities offers a collection of used vinyl alongside an eclectic mix of video games, quirky collectibles, clothing, and skateboard decks. Springfield Town Center: 6769 Springfield Mall, Springfield; Manassas Mall: 8300 Sudley Rd., Manassas
Owned by a James Madison graduate and former Record & Tape employee, the Herndon record shop carries both new and used records. Insider’s tip: ask to look through the rare records at the counter. 731 Elden St., Ste. 211, Herndon
The Vienna store carries vinyl and CDs spanning genres but with a focus on metal. 131 Church St. NW, Ste. 4, Vienna
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